Garry Thompson wants quick answer over Bradford City future

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Garry Thompson in celebration mode after his late match-winner against Crawley Garry Thompson in celebration mode after his late match-winner against Crawley

Garry Thompson has urged City to hurry up and announce their verdict on the out-of-contract players.

Saturday’s match-winner is among the large group still unsure whether they will be at Valley Parade next season.

Thompson admitted it is tough not knowing what the club want to do.

“We’re none the wiser,” he said. “It’s just a case of going out on the pitch, doing what you can and waiting to see.

“From the football club’s point of view, they wanted to see what league they’d be in next year and they weren’t going to rush into any decisions on anybody.

“But it’s obviously frustrating because everyone wants to know. There are 14 to 15 lads in the same boat.

“Hopefully next season I will be a Bradford City player but that’s not my decision.”

Aaron Mclean, who scored the first goal in City’s 2-1 win over Crawley, Mark Yeates and Andrew Davies were the only players currently contracted for next term. James Hanson was missing when his groin problem flared again.

Thompson added: “Now we’re definitely going to be a League One club again next season hopefully things will start moving and people will start being told about their future.

“It’s never nice not knowing. Two weeks from now you could be looking for a new football club and another home somewhere else.

“That’s the other side of football that nobody sees.

“From my point of view, I’ve had a great couple of seasons and I hope there’s more to come.

“You don’t want to dwell on the past but there are great memories you can take away from last year.

“I came in with a lot of the lads into a football club that were fighting relegation (from the league) the season before. To make it now to mid-table in League One has been a great achievement by everybody.

“The club are looking to build and they’ll have their idea on who they want to keep and who they don’t.

“If that was my last game at Valley Parade – and I really hope not – then it’s been a great ride and I’ve really enjoyed it.”

Mclean was only recalled to the side on Saturday morning when Hanson felt another reaction. But he responded with his third goal for the club.

Thompson’s late header from a Gary Jones corner was his first since September.

He said: “I’m not so sure if it was my back rather than my head but I was just pleased to see it in the back of the net. It’s been a long time.

“I’ve not had the best of luck in front of goal this season.”

The traditional minute’s silence for the fire victims took place before kick-off and Crawley skipper Josh Simpson laid a wreath on behalf of the visitors.

Thompson said: “It was a massive day for Bradford City all round. The gaffer reminded us about the importance of winning the final home game and with it being the anniversary of the 56 who died in the fire that made it more poignant.

“It’s close to everybody connected with the club and to mark the day with a win was brilliant. The fans were superb and I’d like to think that was for them.

“It was a good day for remembrance and it’s always better when you win a match on that day as well.”

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8:28am Mon 28 Apr 14

Nickloza says...

Thanks for your services but I think it's time to move on and a big rebuild in the summer
Thanks for your services but I think it's time to move on and a big rebuild in the summer Nickloza
  • Score: 20

8:35am Mon 28 Apr 14

yorkiewyke says...

Think you are right Nickloza
Think you are right Nickloza yorkiewyke
  • Score: 9

9:01am Mon 28 Apr 14

dazp says...

“Hopefully next season I will be a Bradford City player" dont think so you did ok in div 2 but well out of your depth in this league good luck for the future
“Hopefully next season I will be a Bradford City player" dont think so you did ok in div 2 but well out of your depth in this league good luck for the future dazp
  • Score: -15

9:34am Mon 28 Apr 14

whisky1 says...

dazp wrote:
“Hopefully next season I will be a Bradford City player" dont think so you did ok in div 2 but well out of your depth in this league good luck for the future
Not done enough and needs to discover the form which saw him in the Championship for several seasons. He clearly DOES have the quality to play Lge 1 but it wont be for us you suspect
[quote][p][bold]dazp[/bold] wrote: “Hopefully next season I will be a Bradford City player" dont think so you did ok in div 2 but well out of your depth in this league good luck for the future[/p][/quote]Not done enough and needs to discover the form which saw him in the Championship for several seasons. He clearly DOES have the quality to play Lge 1 but it wont be for us you suspect whisky1
  • Score: 8

9:45am Mon 28 Apr 14

passionate says...

It would be a travesty to let Thommo go. Many players have come in to try take his spot but the fact is that although he probably doesn't do enough all the time, most things that he does do are quality.
It's all well and good bringing in a Hines/Bennett etc that might run all day but if there's no end product then what's the point? I think Thommo has looked like he's been carrying an ankle knock all season, he's usually limping midway through most games and that's probably why he's the most often subbed player. He's miles better than De Vita or Yeates who are supposedly better players and the experience/nouse he shows in tight games is second to none.
It would be a travesty to let Thommo go. Many players have come in to try take his spot but the fact is that although he probably doesn't do enough all the time, most things that he does do are quality. It's all well and good bringing in a Hines/Bennett etc that might run all day but if there's no end product then what's the point? I think Thommo has looked like he's been carrying an ankle knock all season, he's usually limping midway through most games and that's probably why he's the most often subbed player. He's miles better than De Vita or Yeates who are supposedly better players and the experience/nouse he shows in tight games is second to none. passionate
  • Score: 2

10:11am Mon 28 Apr 14

Peter300 says...

Nickloza wrote:
Thanks for your services but I think it's time to move on and a big rebuild in the summer
Depends what the manager wants and what some of the players want. Evolution not revolution.
[quote][p][bold]Nickloza[/bold] wrote: Thanks for your services but I think it's time to move on and a big rebuild in the summer[/p][/quote]Depends what the manager wants and what some of the players want. Evolution not revolution. Peter300
  • Score: -3

10:15am Mon 28 Apr 14

Peter300 says...

dazp wrote:
“Hopefully next season I will be a Bradford City player" dont think so you did ok in div 2 but well out of your depth in this league good luck for the future
Disagree. Tommo has performed well at times and proved he can play in League One. The downside really is the lack of goals from Tommo. He usually scores a few, as he did for City and his previous clubs, but only two so far this season. He has certainly still got the pace and can put in a good cross.
[quote][p][bold]dazp[/bold] wrote: “Hopefully next season I will be a Bradford City player" dont think so you did ok in div 2 but well out of your depth in this league good luck for the future[/p][/quote]Disagree. Tommo has performed well at times and proved he can play in League One. The downside really is the lack of goals from Tommo. He usually scores a few, as he did for City and his previous clubs, but only two so far this season. He has certainly still got the pace and can put in a good cross. Peter300
  • Score: 11

10:17am Mon 28 Apr 14

Peter300 says...

whisky1 wrote:
dazp wrote:
“Hopefully next season I will be a Bradford City player" dont think so you did ok in div 2 but well out of your depth in this league good luck for the future
Not done enough and needs to discover the form which saw him in the Championship for several seasons. He clearly DOES have the quality to play Lge 1 but it wont be for us you suspect
Tommo realises he should have scored a few more goals. Parky does like the player and one can see why. Works hard and is a good team player.
[quote][p][bold]whisky1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dazp[/bold] wrote: “Hopefully next season I will be a Bradford City player" dont think so you did ok in div 2 but well out of your depth in this league good luck for the future[/p][/quote]Not done enough and needs to discover the form which saw him in the Championship for several seasons. He clearly DOES have the quality to play Lge 1 but it wont be for us you suspect[/p][/quote]Tommo realises he should have scored a few more goals. Parky does like the player and one can see why. Works hard and is a good team player. Peter300
  • Score: 12

10:22am Mon 28 Apr 14

Peter300 says...

passionate wrote:
It would be a travesty to let Thommo go. Many players have come in to try take his spot but the fact is that although he probably doesn't do enough all the time, most things that he does do are quality.
It's all well and good bringing in a Hines/Bennett etc that might run all day but if there's no end product then what's the point? I think Thommo has looked like he's been carrying an ankle knock all season, he's usually limping midway through most games and that's probably why he's the most often subbed player. He's miles better than De Vita or Yeates who are supposedly better players and the experience/nouse he shows in tight games is second to none.
No, I think most managers want to use their subs to bring in more energy to the team. You have to learn to look for different qualities in different players.
[quote][p][bold]passionate[/bold] wrote: It would be a travesty to let Thommo go. Many players have come in to try take his spot but the fact is that although he probably doesn't do enough all the time, most things that he does do are quality. It's all well and good bringing in a Hines/Bennett etc that might run all day but if there's no end product then what's the point? I think Thommo has looked like he's been carrying an ankle knock all season, he's usually limping midway through most games and that's probably why he's the most often subbed player. He's miles better than De Vita or Yeates who are supposedly better players and the experience/nouse he shows in tight games is second to none.[/p][/quote]No, I think most managers want to use their subs to bring in more energy to the team. You have to learn to look for different qualities in different players. Peter300
  • Score: 12

10:23am Mon 28 Apr 14

Peter300 says...

whisky1 wrote:
dazp wrote:
“Hopefully next season I will be a Bradford City player" dont think so you did ok in div 2 but well out of your depth in this league good luck for the future
Not done enough and needs to discover the form which saw him in the Championship for several seasons. He clearly DOES have the quality to play Lge 1 but it wont be for us you suspect
Has Tommo played in the Championship?
[quote][p][bold]whisky1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dazp[/bold] wrote: “Hopefully next season I will be a Bradford City player" dont think so you did ok in div 2 but well out of your depth in this league good luck for the future[/p][/quote]Not done enough and needs to discover the form which saw him in the Championship for several seasons. He clearly DOES have the quality to play Lge 1 but it wont be for us you suspect[/p][/quote]Has Tommo played in the Championship? Peter300
  • Score: -6

11:07am Mon 28 Apr 14

BungleMagic says...

Peter300 wrote:
whisky1 wrote:
dazp wrote:
“Hopefully next season I will be a Bradford City player" dont think so you did ok in div 2 but well out of your depth in this league good luck for the future
Not done enough and needs to discover the form which saw him in the Championship for several seasons. He clearly DOES have the quality to play Lge 1 but it wont be for us you suspect
Has Tommo played in the Championship?
Yes, he was in the Scunthorpe team that got promoted to the championship and spent two years they were up there with them.
[quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]whisky1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dazp[/bold] wrote: “Hopefully next season I will be a Bradford City player" dont think so you did ok in div 2 but well out of your depth in this league good luck for the future[/p][/quote]Not done enough and needs to discover the form which saw him in the Championship for several seasons. He clearly DOES have the quality to play Lge 1 but it wont be for us you suspect[/p][/quote]Has Tommo played in the Championship?[/p][/quote]Yes, he was in the Scunthorpe team that got promoted to the championship and spent two years they were up there with them. BungleMagic
  • Score: 4

11:26am Mon 28 Apr 14

Nickloza says...

Peter300 wrote:
Nickloza wrote:
Thanks for your services but I think it's time to move on and a big rebuild in the summer
Depends what the manager wants and what some of the players want. Evolution not revolution.
I see what your saying Peter but I still think there needs to be quite a few changes to improve on this season, though I think we have done quite well. PP will decide though as you rightly point out.
[quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nickloza[/bold] wrote: Thanks for your services but I think it's time to move on and a big rebuild in the summer[/p][/quote]Depends what the manager wants and what some of the players want. Evolution not revolution.[/p][/quote]I see what your saying Peter but I still think there needs to be quite a few changes to improve on this season, though I think we have done quite well. PP will decide though as you rightly point out. Nickloza
  • Score: 3

12:17pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Cityman23 says...

If we could choose right now which players to retain (without being constrained by those whose contracts have run out and also those we're forced to keep because they're contract is still valid) these are the ones I'd keep:

McLaughlin
Darby
McArdle
McHugh
Davies
Meredith
Reid
Jones
Doyle
Hanson
McBurnie

...which amounts to a team of players!!

To Garry Thompson..I'd say we owe him gratitude for his part in a wonderful season in 2012/13 and he will always have his place in the 'We Made History' Legends but like Connell and Ravenhill the time has come to move on.

We really need a biggish influx this year..

a) to provide genuine competition for places.
b) to create a real subs' bench where all those on it are usable and not making up the numbers
c) to bring in 2/3 new regular playing members of next year's side
d) to provide for bedding in gradually a replacement for Gary Jones-next year will probably be his last.

I am sorry we have to keep Yeates and McLean because they're not the answer to our problems in attack/midfield but perhaps we could use them in swap transfers?
If we could choose right now which players to retain (without being constrained by those whose contracts have run out and also those we're forced to keep because they're contract is still valid) these are the ones I'd keep: McLaughlin Darby McArdle McHugh Davies Meredith Reid Jones Doyle Hanson McBurnie ...which amounts to a team of players!! To Garry Thompson..I'd say we owe him gratitude for his part in a wonderful season in 2012/13 and he will always have his place in the 'We Made History' Legends but like Connell and Ravenhill the time has come to move on. We really need a biggish influx this year.. a) to provide genuine competition for places. b) to create a real subs' bench where all those on it are usable and not making up the numbers c) to bring in 2/3 new regular playing members of next year's side d) to provide for bedding in gradually a replacement for Gary Jones-next year will probably be his last. I am sorry we have to keep Yeates and McLean because they're not the answer to our problems in attack/midfield but perhaps we could use them in swap transfers? Cityman23
  • Score: 0

12:22pm Mon 28 Apr 14

nowt fresh says...

Peter300 wrote:
whisky1 wrote:
dazp wrote:
“Hopefully next season I will be a Bradford City player" dont think so you did ok in div 2 but well out of your depth in this league good luck for the future
Not done enough and needs to discover the form which saw him in the Championship for several seasons. He clearly DOES have the quality to play Lge 1 but it wont be for us you suspect
Has Tommo played in the Championship?
Think you'll find Gary played for Scunthorpe from 2008/2012 and they were in the "Championship" in 2009 to 2011, came to us in 2012, so in answer to our question yes he has played Championship football at Scunthorpe.
[quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]whisky1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dazp[/bold] wrote: “Hopefully next season I will be a Bradford City player" dont think so you did ok in div 2 but well out of your depth in this league good luck for the future[/p][/quote]Not done enough and needs to discover the form which saw him in the Championship for several seasons. He clearly DOES have the quality to play Lge 1 but it wont be for us you suspect[/p][/quote]Has Tommo played in the Championship?[/p][/quote]Think you'll find Gary played for Scunthorpe from 2008/2012 and they were in the "Championship" in 2009 to 2011, came to us in 2012, so in answer to our question yes he has played Championship football at Scunthorpe. nowt fresh
  • Score: 4

12:35pm Mon 28 Apr 14

whisky1 says...

Peter300 wrote:
whisky1 wrote:
dazp wrote:
“Hopefully next season I will be a Bradford City player" dont think so you did ok in div 2 but well out of your depth in this league good luck for the future
Not done enough and needs to discover the form which saw him in the Championship for several seasons. He clearly DOES have the quality to play Lge 1 but it wont be for us you suspect
Has Tommo played in the Championship?
Scunny
[quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]whisky1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dazp[/bold] wrote: “Hopefully next season I will be a Bradford City player" dont think so you did ok in div 2 but well out of your depth in this league good luck for the future[/p][/quote]Not done enough and needs to discover the form which saw him in the Championship for several seasons. He clearly DOES have the quality to play Lge 1 but it wont be for us you suspect[/p][/quote]Has Tommo played in the Championship?[/p][/quote]Scunny whisky1
  • Score: 0

12:52pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Bradford Lad BD9 says...

Thanks 4 the service, but not good enough 4 us
Thanks 4 the service, but not good enough 4 us Bradford Lad BD9
  • Score: -6

1:23pm Mon 28 Apr 14

bcfc mad85 says...

I'd say no not good enough for this league he's not looked owt like the player he was last season but then again pp don't use is subs well time wise I don't know how u expect players to make a difference when they only get 10 minutes grate last season not done enough this season
I'd say no not good enough for this league he's not looked owt like the player he was last season but then again pp don't use is subs well time wise I don't know how u expect players to make a difference when they only get 10 minutes grate last season not done enough this season bcfc mad85
  • Score: -10

1:28pm Mon 28 Apr 14

BradfordSportsFan says...

Cityman23 wrote:
If we could choose right now which players to retain (without being constrained by those whose contracts have run out and also those we're forced to keep because they're contract is still valid) these are the ones I'd keep: McLaughlin Darby McArdle McHugh Davies Meredith Reid Jones Doyle Hanson McBurnie ...which amounts to a team of players!! To Garry Thompson..I'd say we owe him gratitude for his part in a wonderful season in 2012/13 and he will always have his place in the 'We Made History' Legends but like Connell and Ravenhill the time has come to move on. We really need a biggish influx this year.. a) to provide genuine competition for places. b) to create a real subs' bench where all those on it are usable and not making up the numbers c) to bring in 2/3 new regular playing members of next year's side d) to provide for bedding in gradually a replacement for Gary Jones-next year will probably be his last. I am sorry we have to keep Yeates and McLean because they're not the answer to our problems in attack/midfield but perhaps we could use them in swap transfers?
We're reducing the playing budget by £500k, you've retained the entire 1st team...yet you want a biggish influx? Not going to happen.

I'd let McCardle, Reid, Jones, Doyle, Thompson, Bates all go. Try offload Yeates, unless he's going to build a team around him because he isnt a winger!

Having looked at the list of expired players this summer there are players which are head and shoulders above the likes of McCardle, Reid and Thompson. Doyle hasnt earned a contract. Jones unfortunately hasn't got the legs, and at his age i dont see him wanting to be a bench player.
[quote][p][bold]Cityman23[/bold] wrote: If we could choose right now which players to retain (without being constrained by those whose contracts have run out and also those we're forced to keep because they're contract is still valid) these are the ones I'd keep: McLaughlin Darby McArdle McHugh Davies Meredith Reid Jones Doyle Hanson McBurnie ...which amounts to a team of players!! To Garry Thompson..I'd say we owe him gratitude for his part in a wonderful season in 2012/13 and he will always have his place in the 'We Made History' Legends but like Connell and Ravenhill the time has come to move on. We really need a biggish influx this year.. a) to provide genuine competition for places. b) to create a real subs' bench where all those on it are usable and not making up the numbers c) to bring in 2/3 new regular playing members of next year's side d) to provide for bedding in gradually a replacement for Gary Jones-next year will probably be his last. I am sorry we have to keep Yeates and McLean because they're not the answer to our problems in attack/midfield but perhaps we could use them in swap transfers?[/p][/quote]We're reducing the playing budget by £500k, you've retained the entire 1st team...yet you want a biggish influx? Not going to happen. I'd let McCardle, Reid, Jones, Doyle, Thompson, Bates all go. Try offload Yeates, unless he's going to build a team around him because he isnt a winger! Having looked at the list of expired players this summer there are players which are head and shoulders above the likes of McCardle, Reid and Thompson. Doyle hasnt earned a contract. Jones unfortunately hasn't got the legs, and at his age i dont see him wanting to be a bench player. BradfordSportsFan
  • Score: -8

1:35pm Mon 28 Apr 14

basil fawlty says...

It's a shame City didn't get the points to gurantee survival a few weeks earlier as that would have helped everybody, but being prudent and waiting was the right thing to do.
What I want to see is a greater emphasis on getting a smaller core of strong players at this level and not spreading the funds out too thinly on barely adequate signings. Quality not quantity! And if lots of injury problems arise then I'd rely on the loan market for cover. We also need to put a greater emphasis on getting younger players who are on the way up and will either drive us forward or at least get us a handy transfer fee if they move on..
It's a shame City didn't get the points to gurantee survival a few weeks earlier as that would have helped everybody, but being prudent and waiting was the right thing to do. What I want to see is a greater emphasis on getting a smaller core of strong players at this level and not spreading the funds out too thinly on barely adequate signings. Quality not quantity! And if lots of injury problems arise then I'd rely on the loan market for cover. We also need to put a greater emphasis on getting younger players who are on the way up and will either drive us forward or at least get us a handy transfer fee if they move on.. basil fawlty
  • Score: 5

2:45pm Mon 28 Apr 14

SouthCheshireBantams says...

It's a real shame, I like Thompson but he just doesn't have the legs anymore. The chap that sits next to me in the ground knows him personally and he's said himself that he just can't keep up with the demands. He'd be better off dropping back a division. Reach needs signing up! Reid needs binning.
It's a real shame, I like Thompson but he just doesn't have the legs anymore. The chap that sits next to me in the ground knows him personally and he's said himself that he just can't keep up with the demands. He'd be better off dropping back a division. Reach needs signing up! Reid needs binning. SouthCheshireBantams
  • Score: 1

3:30pm Mon 28 Apr 14

bcfc1903 says...

If Garry Thompson does go I'd like to say good luck fella, the goal you scored against Burton in the ist leg playoff was one of the most important goals in the clubs recent history and one of the best strikes I.ve seen. Whether you are with us or with another club, thanks Garry for the great memories and maybe for some yet to be played out.
If Garry Thompson does go I'd like to say good luck fella, the goal you scored against Burton in the ist leg playoff was one of the most important goals in the clubs recent history and one of the best strikes I.ve seen. Whether you are with us or with another club, thanks Garry for the great memories and maybe for some yet to be played out. bcfc1903
  • Score: 13

3:46pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Baby Bantam says...

Would keep him if he took a HUGE wage cut or do like a play as you play thing but I really can't see him doing that
Would keep him if he took a HUGE wage cut or do like a play as you play thing but I really can't see him doing that Baby Bantam
  • Score: 0

4:36pm Mon 28 Apr 14

audal says...

Strange how a man can be deemed international material by his peers but a handful of supporters who "know better" do not rate him a 3rd div.player, so stand up Rory McArdle.
Strange how a man can be deemed international material by his peers but a handful of supporters who "know better" do not rate him a 3rd div.player, so stand up Rory McArdle. audal
  • Score: 5

5:16pm Mon 28 Apr 14

torreyman says...

Does anybody know what is going to happen to Andy Gray ? I know what I would like to happen to him but that;s not the point !!
Does anybody know what is going to happen to Andy Gray ? I know what I would like to happen to him but that;s not the point !! torreyman
  • Score: 1

6:44pm Mon 28 Apr 14

i miss stallard & murray says...

If Thompson stays we won't be A changing our style of play or B looking to improve. We need players who can perform consistently at this level we had half a season of tommo playing half decent at this level we need more a better to progress. Thanks tommo some important goals and assists last season but as a club we must strive for better
If Thompson stays we won't be A changing our style of play or B looking to improve. We need players who can perform consistently at this level we had half a season of tommo playing half decent at this level we need more a better to progress. Thanks tommo some important goals and assists last season but as a club we must strive for better i miss stallard & murray
  • Score: 0

9:40pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Victor Clayton says...

I think that he is winger that has lost his bit of pace and would therefore let him go.
I think that he is winger that has lost his bit of pace and would therefore let him go. Victor Clayton
  • Score: 1

11:02am Tue 29 Apr 14

wakefieldbantam says...

torreyman wrote:
Does anybody know what is going to happen to Andy Gray ? I know what I would like to happen to him but that;s not the point !!
Its a well known fact and has been commented on this site many many times Gray's contract ends when this season is over please try and keep up!
[quote][p][bold]torreyman[/bold] wrote: Does anybody know what is going to happen to Andy Gray ? I know what I would like to happen to him but that;s not the point !![/p][/quote]Its a well known fact and has been commented on this site many many times Gray's contract ends when this season is over please try and keep up! wakefieldbantam
  • Score: -6

4:09pm Thu 1 May 14

Stevie-C says...

Think the t&a reporters need to do their homework a bit better. This is the 3rd or 4th article where they have said the only players under contract after June were McLean, Yeates, Hanson & Davies. We also have Kennedy (remember him?) Taylor, Clarkson & McBurnie all under contract until at least next summer and a couple until the summer after

Come on lazy reporters, if an amateur like me can easily find this info then I am sure you can too!
Think the t&a reporters need to do their homework a bit better. This is the 3rd or 4th article where they have said the only players under contract after June were McLean, Yeates, Hanson & Davies. We also have Kennedy (remember him?) Taylor, Clarkson & McBurnie all under contract until at least next summer and a couple until the summer after Come on lazy reporters, if an amateur like me can easily find this info then I am sure you can too! Stevie-C
  • Score: 2

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